Olympus Announces Next-Gen OM-D Camera

Olympus just announced its newest DSLR camera from the OM-D range – the E-M1. The camera features a new 16MP Live MOS sensor and the seventh generation TruePic image sensor. It also sports one of the fastest autofocusing systems for any Olympus camera thanks to its Dual Fast AF, which is designed to deliver very quick autofocus…

 

Olympus just announced its newest DSLR camera from the OM-D range – the E-M1.

The camera features a new 16MP Live MOS sensor and the seventh generation TruePic image sensor. It also sports one of the fastest autofocusing systems for any Olympus camera thanks to its Dual Fast AF, which is designed to deliver very quick autofocus performance for both proprietary Micro Four Thirds lenses and Four Thirds lenses, which can be mounted on the camera with an adapter.

Moreover, the Dual Fast AF means that the camera automatically detects the lens attached to it and selects the most appropriate AF technology (either phase detection or contrast detection) to use in order to take the best shot. Both AF technologies use any of the 37 autofocus points or 81 target areas. The new processing engine uses new Fine Detail Technology III, which adjusts the performance of the processing engine based on the lens used in the camera.

The E-M1 also boasts a new viewfinder, which features 1.48x magnification and has a higher resolution at 2.36 million dots compared to traditional DSLR cameras. A new feature of the EVF is its HDR preview mode, which allows users to monitor images in the EVF before making the shot. Time lag for the viewfinder is a mere 29 milliseconds, which gives off a very natural movement even when taking images of fast-moving subjects.

The camera also features a 5-axis image stabilisation that is designed to compensate for different types of movement and helps produce sharper images. Furthermore, the camera sports a number of customisable dials, switches and rings that offer higher flexibility especially to professional photographers.

The E-M1 also comes equipped with Wi-Fi, which means that it can be remotely controlled with the use of a smartphone or tablet through a wireless network. And of course, just like its predecessor, the Olympus E-M1 is also dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof, having the ability to work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

The Olympus OM-D E-M` will be available starting mid-October for AU$1599 (body only) or AU$2399 (as a kit with a 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.

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